Humor, I believe, is a supernatural gift with awesome side effects. For example, a little jesting will (courtesy of 8 Health Benefits of Laughter):
- Lower blood pressure
- Increase vascular blood flow and oxygenation of the blood
- Give a workout to the diaphragm and abdominal, respiratory, facial, leg, and back muscles
- Reduce certain stress hormones such as cortisol and adrenaline
- Increase the response of tumor- and disease-killing cells such as Gamma-interferon and T-cells
- Defend against respiratory infections–even reducing the frequency of colds–by immunoglobulon in saliva.
- Increase memory and learning; in a study at Johns Hopkins University Medical School, humor during instruction led to increased test scores
- Improve alertness, creativity, and memory
I can always use a bit of number 8. After exposure to some hilarity, an electrical wave zaps the ol’ gray matter, fast as a fat kid flying for the last Twinkie. The left hemisphere analyzes, the right hemi “gets” the joke; the occipital lobe forms a visual; happiness kicks into gear; and on with the smile or laugh (hopefully both).
Who is your favorite comedian? Have a joke to share? Don’t be shy – bring on the laughter!